Rufus Magnus Dedication

THE BREN SCHOOL OF Environmental Science & Management


at the University of California, Santa Barbara


A public talk by

Bren Associate Professor of Marine Ecology
Hunter Lenihan
“Steelhead Trout: A Bellwether for Restoration & Recovery?”

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2007

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

MSI Room 1302

Followed by:

The Installation and Dedication of

Rufus Magnus

A Fiberglass Sculpture of an Endangered Steelhead Trout
By Santa Barbara Artist Barbara Baker McIntyre

Jointly Commissioned by the Bren School and MSI

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2007
1:30 - 2:00 p.m.
MSI 1302 and Bren/MSI Courtyard (between the buildings)


About Hunter Lenihan

Hunter Lenihan joined the Bren School faculty at the University of California, Santa Barbara in fall 2001. He also holds an affiliate appointment in the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Marine Science. Lenihan held a previous position as a fishery biologist with the National Marine Fisheries Service. He received his PhD in Marine Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and earned an MS degree in Marine Science at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. His other degrees include a BS in Conservation Resource Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Lenihan's primary research interests lie in the fields of applied population and community ecology, especially in connection with fisheries management and restoration.


About Rufus Magnus 

Prior to its arrival at UCSB, Rufus was part of this summer’s second annual Steelhead Festival. The event featured eight of the fish, each painted by a different local artist, installed along State Street in downtown Santa Barbara to raise awareness of the endangered California native, a member of the salmon family. Local artist and UCSB alumna Barbara McIntyre created Rufus Magnus in eye-catching Chinese red with gold leaf.

“In my mind, it had to be red to be noticed,” said McIntyre. “Also, I have a lot of cross-cultural references in my work, and red is prominent in Spanish culture and a good-luck color in Asian culture.”

The piece was commissioned jointly by the Bren School and the Marine Science Institute with funding from the Weeden Foundation, which addresses the adverse impact of growing human populations and overuse of natural resources on the biological fabric of the planet.

“You are hitting the mark in more ways than you know,” said Barbara Weeden Daugherty, who was responsible for directing the funds to the Bren School from the foundation her father funds. “My father is 87 years old and an avid trout fly fisherman. He has spent some of his most memorable times fishing in the Sierra. He funds several conservation organizations that work to keep our western rivers wild, so he very much supports this funding.”

The sculpture also gives visual form to the Bren School’s growing partnership with the Community Environmental Council, which originated the Steelhead Festival, while the placement of Rufus Magnus – on land, near the ocean – will signify the fish’s dual life in freshwater and saltwater environments.



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